Autumn and Winter skies are more colorful, and this is Exhibit A. Sure, it might be painfully cold going out to photograph, and it might be difficult to find a spot to do it as the roads in the high-altitude areas get closed down. But sometimes it works out and I come away with a new favorite photograph like this one. I know the oak trees emitting volatile organic compounds create the haze that makes the blue ridge blue. But I am unsure how or why they are sometimes purple for a few minutes or seconds during sunrise or sunset. I do not understand it yet, but I am grateful for it!